Gray-faced Buzzard

Butastur indicus

Order

ACCIPITRIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

BUTIND

ITIS

Egg Color:

White with red-brown markings.



Number of Eggs:

1 - 2



Incubation Days:

30



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

Nest is typically built in a pine tree at the edge of a rice filed or other open area.



Nest Material:

Sticks and twigs.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Gray-faced Buzzard: Medium hawk with gray head, black malar, and white throat. Brown upperparts, red-brown breast, and red-brown bars on white belly. Yellow eyes, yellow-orange bill with black tip. Long wings with black barring on red-brown flight feathers. Long, gray-brown tail with dark bands. Medium length yellow legs and feet. Feeds on big insects, lizards, frogs, and other small animals. Watches for prey from perch, swoops down to catch prey on ground.

Breeding and Nesting

Gray-faced Buzzard: Two to four white eggs with red-brown markings are laid in a large platform nest constructed with sticks and twigs. The nest is usually built in a pine tree at the edge of a rice field or other open area, often on a slope. The eggs are mostly incubated by the female, occasionaly by the male, for 30 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Gray-faced Buzzard: Feeds on a wide variety of large insects including grasshoppers and mantids, as well as small lizards, frogs, small birds, and small mammals. This hawk forages for prey by waiting and watching an open area from a post or tree, and then swooping down onto the prey item to catch it on the ground.

Vocalization

Gray-faced Buzzard: Main call is a whistled "pik-wee" or "whick-awee"

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Flight feathersX
Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X